Book Review : Sherlock Holmes – Playing the Game

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Genre – Mystery, Humour
Pages – 192
Format available – It is only available in Kindle version in India 
Price – Rs 213/- or  Free with kindle Unlimited

About The Author 

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Cenarth Fox is a former teacher and  has written the  Detective Joanna Best Mysteries among his various books, plays and musicals . He lives in Melbourne ,Australia with his wife and a pets.

About The Book 

I was thrilled to receive my copy of this book as I am a die-hard fan of Sherlock Holmes and the Whodunit genre but my enthusiasm was short lived.
Not meaning to be a spoilsport , this book is not so much about the unravelling of a murder mystery but rather a probable unravelling of the famous  ” Consulting detective ” Sherlock Holmes and his good friend Dr. Watson themselves that too at the hands of their very homely and dignified landlady Mrs. Hudson.
Sherlock’s legendary powers of deduction almost leave him when confronted with this powerful foe.
The plot becomes complicated when Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the original creator of Sherlock Holmes becomes embroiled in this messy affair.The creator is pitted against the creation and it is a tug of war !
Thankfully in the end , all is sorted and we have another feather in his famous Deerstalker Hat.
Sherlock Holmes – Playing the Game has the same delightful and almost absent minded witticisms of the original ,which make it quiet a delight to read and almost reminded me of the writing style of
The book could do with a more slicker pace though .
After finishing the book I feel this book was meant to be translated into a play because of the copious dialogues and less action of the sleuthing kind.
This is the first book of Cenarth Fox that I have read and I sure liked his writing style enough to be enthused about reading up ”The Schoolboy Sherlock Holmes ”, one  of the more popular work of Cenarth Fox  based on the same  sleuth .

Final Verdict   

The book is definitely enjoyable and funny but the pace is slow and did not thrill me much with its mystery because of which I rate it a 3/5. I have a feeling that this could well turn out into a popular stage drama like some of Cenarth’s earlier works.

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